Backstage Capital’s Amiah Sheppard Wins Investor Visionary of the Year
by VentureFuel | 2019-03-19

NEW YORK CITY (March 19, 2019) – VentureFuel, the company that connects established companies with emerging technologies and startups, announced today that Backstage Capital’s Amiah Sheppard was voted its annual Investor Visionary of the Year.

The Visionary of the Year is voted on by innovation peers at corporations, venture capital firms and startups to determine which Investor is the most innovative and best embraces new technologies to solve real business challenges. Thousands voted for the elite field of finalists that included investors from Alta Global Ventures, Bam Ventures, Comeback Capital, ICONNYC, Comcast Lift Labs, Courtside Ventures, FJ Labs, Mallory Ventures, RevTech Ventures, ThoughtWorks, Betaworks Ventures, Berman Strategic Advisors, Cornwall Trade and Investment, Sterling VC, Glasswing Ventures, and many more.

As the Director of Backstage LA, Backstage Capital’s Los Angeles accelerator program, Amiah Sheppard is an innovation curator. She spent the last 5 years examining the myriad ways founders harness, strategize, and utilize their unique socio-cultural location to get to their desired successful outcome. A graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York, she cultivated an academic and practical education leveraging sociology to explore gender and organizational leadership (specifically women/women of color’s leadership experiences), human resources, non-profit, social impact consulting, entrepreneurship, and business development. As a perpetual learner, Amiah has prioritized creating and implementing intersectional solutions previously at BRAVA Investments and Propper Daley. Currently, she is particularly excited about investing in beauty and wellness tech companies; and about the thriving LA tech ecosystem for underrepresented founders.

“Backstage Capital’s steadfast commitment to minimizing tech funding disparities by investing in high-potential underrepresented founders is furthered by its international accelerator programs. I am grateful to help lead investment and programing in effort to enable founders to be tapped into networks and resources that give them access to tangible and scalable business opportunities.” said Sheppard. “It is truly an honor to be recognized by VentureFuel and my peers as the Visionary of the Year.”

“Amiah is a dynamic visionary, that along with her colleagues at Backstage Capital, has identified the enormous opportunity in the fact that less than 10% of all venture capital deals go to women, People of Color, or LGBT founders. They have invested in over 100 companies led by underrepresented founders and are driving opportunity for their founders as well as results for their investors. Amiah is changing the landscape with her efforts and is helping all of us envision a better, more profitable and inclusive future. Our team is honored to work with her and thrilled to have her as the Investor Visionar of The Year.”

For more background on Jamie and all of the VentureFuel Visionaries finalists, visit:

  1. Amiah Sheppard, Director, Backstage LA, Backstage Capital
  2. Jaime Fabricant, Director, Store of the Future Innovation & Execution, PepsiCo Beverages
  3. Andrew Green, Global Director of Innovation, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  4. Beth Brady, Chief Marketing Officer, Principal Financial Group
  5. Brian Cummings, Partner, Alta Global Ventures
  6. Dasha Zhitenev, Brand Activation Manager, Pernod Ricard
  7. David Campbell, VP, Global Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC), Beam Suntory
  8. Deepen Parikh, Partner, Courtside Ventures
  9. Eyal Bino, Partner, ICONYC labs
  10. Fielding Kidd, Director of Business Partnerships, LIFT Labs, Comcast Strategic Development
  11. Ben Feeney, Senior Director – Global Innovation & New Initiatives, MillerCoors
  12. Jeff Weinstein, Principal, FJ Labs
  13. John McCauley, ECP, CMO, Screenvision
  14. Jon Hook, Founder, Mallory Ventures
  15. Jonathan Fine, VP, Business Development, RevTech Ventures
  16. Marcelo De Santis, Executive Advisor, Digital Transformation, ThoughtWorks
  17. Martin Sambusini, Disruptive Innovation Senior Marketing Manager, The Hershey Company
  18. Matthew Hartman, Partner, Betaworks Ventures
  19. Mitchell Berman, Managing Partner, Berman Strategic Advisors
  20. Nicola Lloyd, Cornwall Trade & Investment
  21. Patty Montagno, VP, Marketing, Treasury Wine Estates
  22. R. Mordecai, Director, Innovation + Partnerships, INNOCEAN Worldwide
  23. Rohit Gupta, partner, SterlingVC
  24. Sarah Fay, Managing Director, Glasswing Ventures
  25. Scott Shane, Managing Partner, Comeback Capital
  26. Shamin Walsh, Managing Director, BAM VENTURES LLC
  27. Stephanie Lensing, Communication Innovation, General Mills
  28. Tim Madigan, VP or eCommerce, Tyson Foods

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